The Edinburgh International Festival
is an annual festival of performing arts in Edinburgh, Scotland, over three weeks in August. By invitation from the Festival Director, the International Festival brings top class performers of music, theatre, opera and dance from around the world to perform. The festival also hosts a series of visual art exhibitions, talks and workshops. The first International Festival took place between 22 August and 11 September 1947. The Festival has taken place every August since then, except for August 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.